Course Information
Course title
Seminar on Political Economy of East Asia 
Designated for
Curriculum Number
Curriculum Identity Number
Friday 3,4(10:20~12:10) 
Restriction: juniors and beyond
The upper limit of the number of students: 20.
The upper limit of the number of non-majors: 10. 
Course introduction video
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Course Syllabus
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Course Description

The subject of this course is to introduce East Asia and its political and economic foundation. For the purpose above, we divide this course into two parts. The first part introduces the developmental state models and conceptualizes state transformation in East Asia. The second part discusses the cases of state transformation in contemporary Asia. 

Course Objective
This course trains students to get acquainted with the principle of political economy. We expect students to develop knowledge about the dynamics of political economy in the course of East Asia's development. 
Course Requirement
1. Class discussion: 10%
2. Final exam: 50%
3. Group report in class 40%
*Class discussion is evaluated on an individual basis.
*For group report, students are required to form 7 groups and, on a group basis, give an in-class presentation on the paper assigned since week 5. In doing so, the assigned group shall do an oral presentation with PPT. The presentation shall be surrounding but not limited to the subject of the paper assigned. The group should also prepare two questions for the in-class discussion in the presentation.
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week)
Office Hours
Appointment required. Note: Please make an appointment via email. 
Designated reading
Carroll, T., & Jarvis, D. S. 2017. Asia after the Developmental State: Disembedding Autonomy, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press.
He, Tian. 2021. The Political Economy of Developmental States in East Asia: South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 
Explanations for the conditions
Class discussion 
Final Exam 
Group report in class 
Adjustment methods for students
Teaching methods
Provide students with flexible ways of attending courses
Assignment submission methods
Written report replaces oral report, Individual presentation replace group presentation, Mutual agreement to present in other ways between students and instructors
Exam methods
Written (oral) reports replace exams
Negotiated by both teachers and students
Week 1
9/9  Mid-Moon Festival (Class in recess) 
Week 2
9/16  Introduction

Yeung, H. W. C. (2017). Rethinking the East Asian Developmental State in its Historical Context: Finance, Geopolitics, and Bureaucracy. Area Development and Policy, 2(1), 1-23. 
Week 3
9/23  Theoretic Perspective on East Asian Development

The textbook I, Ch.1; the textbook II, Ch.1 
Week 4
9/30  Developmental State and Neoliberal State

The textbook I, Ch.2-3
Wade, R. H. (2018). The Developmental State: Dead or Alive? Development and Change, 49(2), 518-546.
--------------------For reference----------------------
Hayashi, S. (2010). The developmental state in the era of globalization: Beyond the Northeast Asian Model of political economy. The Pacific Review, 23(1), 45–69.
Hook, S. W., & Zhang, G. (1998). Japan’s Aid Policy since the Cold War: Rhetoric and reality. Asian Survey, 38(11), 1051–1066.
Week 5
10/7  Flying Geese and Dependent Development

[Group Presentation 1]

The textbook I, Ch.4-5 
Week 6
10/14  Types of Authoritarian Developmentalism: Japan and China

[Group Presentation 2]

The textbook I, Ch.6-7

Chen, L., Naughton, B. (2017). A dynamic China model: The co-evolution of economics and politics in China. Journal of Contemporary China, 26 (103): 18-34.

--------------------For reference----------------------

Beeson, M. (2009). Developmental states in East Asia: A comparison of the Japanese and Chinese experiences. Asia Perspective, 33(2), 5–39.

Nee, V., Opper, S., & Wong, S. (2007). Developmental State and Corporate Governance in China. Management and Organization Review, 3(01), 19–53.
Week 7
10/21  State Transformation Cases: China and South Korea

[Group Presentation 3]

The textbook I, Ch.10, 13; the textbook II, Ch.2
Week 8
10/28  State Transformation Cases: China and Vietnam

[Group Presentation 4]

The textbook I, Ch.11-12, 15 
Week 9
11/4  Speech: East Asia's Political Economy and Taiwan's Role

Guest Speaker: Ambassador Simon S. K. Tu 
Week 10
11/11  State Transformation Cases: South Korea and Taiwan

[Group Presentation 5]

The textbook II, Ch.4.

Pirie, I. (2018). Korea and Taiwan: The Crisis of Investment-led Growth and the End of the Developmental State. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 48(1), 133-158.

Noble, G. W., & Ravenhill, J. (2000). The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? Korea, Taiwan and the Asian Financial Crisis. In G. W. Noble and J. Ravenhill (eds.) The Asian Financial Crisis and the Architecture of Global Finance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 80–107.
Week 11
11/18  Class Activity

Annual Conference of the Association of International Relations at National Chengchi University 
Week 12
11/25  Sino-Japanese Competition for Economic Leadership in East Asia

[Group Presentation 6]

Jiang, Yang. (2019) Competitive partners in development financing: China and Japan expanding overseas infrastructure investment, The Pacific Review, 32(5): 778-808.

Yoshimatus, H. (2018). New dynamics in Sino-Japanese rivalry: Sustaining infrastructure development in Asia. Journal of Contemporary China, 27(113): 719-734.

Pavlićević, D., & Agatha Kratz, A. (2017). Implications of Sino-Japanese rivalry in highs peed railways for Southeast Asia. East Asia Policy, 09(02), 15–25.

--------------------For reference----------------------

Ren, X. (2016). China as an institution-builder: the case of the AIIB. The Pacific Review, 29(3): 435-442.

Pavlićević, D., & Agatha Kratz, A. (2018). Testing the China Threat paradigm: China’s high-speed railway diplomacy in Southeast Asia. The Pacific Review, 31(2),151–168.
Week 13
12/2  School Sports Day (Class in recess) 
Week 14
12/9  Speech: Will China Be the Next Hegemon?

Guest Speaker: Dr. Wei-Hsiu Lin 
Week 15
12/16  Conclusion and Lessons

[Group Presentation 7]

The textbook I, Ch.16; the textbook II, Ch.5 
Week 16
12/23  Final Exam